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Haridwar - Gateway to Land of Gods

As you step into the city of Haridwar you’ll be welcomed with the chimes of the temple bells and the religious chanting of the priests. 

The Haridwar city has a religious significance as the holy river Ganga enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains of North India for the first time in Haridwar. Thereby making its former name 'Gangadwara' perfect in every sense.  

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Revered as one among the seven holiest places of India, Haridwar that literally suggests the ‘Gateway to Lord Vishnu’ is cradled on the banks of river Ganga. Haridwar is also spelled as Haridwar or Hari-Dwar.

Haridwar Pilgrimage Importance

Haridwar is often mentioned in ancient scriptures and even referred to during British times. With Ujjain, Nasik, and Allahabad, Haridwar forms the four important pilgrimage centers of India where Kumbh Mela is celebrated here after every 3 years rotated over these 4 destinations. Maha Kumbh Mela will be held in Haridwar in 2022. Haridwar is referred to as the Mayapuri, Gangadwar, Mokhsadwar in ancient writings. 

Enrapture in the peace and tranquillity of Haridwar- The Gateway to Gods

Haridwar serves as the Gateway to the Char Dhams of Uttarakhand. The 'Panch Tirth' or the five pilgrimages located within the periphery of Haridwar are Gangadwara (Har Ki Pauri), Kushwart (Ghat), Kankhal, Bilwa Tirtha (Mansa Devi Temple) and Neel Parvat (Chandi Devi). 

Other famous attractions include the Chandi Devi temple, Maya Devi temple, Piran Kaliyar, Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar, Bhimgoda Tank, Bharat Mata Mandir, etc. Haridwar is one of the best places to head to if you are in a quest for peace and spirituality. One can do temple hopping, stroll along the river banks, have a holy dip in the Ganges or enjoy the serene atmosphere of the heavenly place. 

You can visit some of the sacred Hindu temples and ashrams or rejuvenate your senses at the Ayurveda and Yoga centers. The auspicious Ganga Arti held at Har ki Pauri is a sight to behold, as the city is drenched in the divine aura of the glittering diyas and the ambiance is accentuated by the chanting of the mantras to appease the gods. 

The tiny diyas bedecked by flowers appear as if thousands of lamps are set to float in the river. Haridwar also has a lot in store for the adventure enthusiasts as Rajaji National Park and Rishikesh are located on the outskirts of Haridwar. 

Haridwar Travel News

20 Feb 2024
Yellow Alert for 21 Feb!

There is a chance of light snowfall in elevated areas of the state, surpassing an altitude of 2500 meters. According to the weather forecast released by the Centre, a yellow alert has been issued for adverse weather conditions in Dehradun, including Tehri, Pauri, Champawat, Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar, and Haridwar districts tomorrow, i.e., on 21 February 2024.

Haridwar Travel Tips

  • Ganga Aarti that takes place every evening at Har Ki Paudi is a spectacle to remember. One should not miss this while in Haridwar. 
  • Photography may be prohibited inside the temple, especially inside sanctum sanctorum. Please abide by the guidelines outlined by temple authorities. 
  • Haridwar gets overcrowded, especially during the Kumbh Mela. Special care should be taken in that time to avoid getting into large crowds and taking bridges on the river Ganges.
  • Avoid non-vegetarian food and alcoholic beverages here as Haridwar holds a deep religious meaning to the devotees. There is no liquor shop in Haridwar, in case you are wondering 

Staying in Haridwar

Haridwar is one of the most visited pilgrimage place in India. As such, there is no dearth of accommodation options in Haridwar as one can find a variety of accommodations according to his budget. 

There are many luxurious hotels and resorts available with all modern facilities and amenities. Semi-deluxe and budget guesthouses with limited amenities are peppered all over Haridwar. List of hotels in Haridwar.

Haridwar Food Guide

Being a popular destination both for tourists and pilgrims, there are a number of restaurants and eating out places in Haridwar. However, being a place of religious significance, non-vegetarian food and alcohol are prohibited in Haridwar. Luxurious hotels tend to serve a variety of cuisines at their in-house restaurants. There are plenty of local restaurants spread all over Haridwar that serve lip-smacking vegetarian dishes.   

Following is the list of some of the most popular and much preferred eating out places in Haridwar: 
Bhagwati's Chhole Bhature, Mohan Puri Wala, Sindh Dugdh Bhandar, Chotiwala Restaurant, Aahaar Restaurant, Bestee Restaurant, Motel Rahi's Restaurant, Brij Mathura Walla and Mohan's Fast Food

History of Haridwar

Haridwar is a living example of one such historical city that hasn’t been erased by the tides of time. The city has been mentioned in several Hindu texts, scriptures, and books from the times of Buddha to the British invasion. It was ruled by the Maurya Empire (322-185 BCE), followed by the Kushan Empire (c. 1st-3rd centuries). 

In the Archaeological surveys, it was found that terra cotta culture thrived in Haridwar between 1700 BCE and 1200 BCE. Haridwar also finds its mention in the travel journals of the famous ancient explorers. During King Harshavardhan's rule (590-647) when Chinese traveler, Hsuan Tsang visited India in 629 A.D., he cited Haridwar as ‘Mo-yu-lo’ and also mentioned that there was a temple called 'Gangadwara' which stood in the north of Mo-yu-lo. 

During the reign of Emperor Jahangir (1596-1627) Thomas Coryat, an English traveler who visited the city mentioned it as ‘Haridwar’, the capital of Lord Shiva. The city was first connected with railways via Laksar, through branch line in 1886. In 2000, Haridwar became a part of the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand which was carved out as a separate state from Uttar Pradesh.

Mythology about Haridwar

As per Hindu mythology, during the Samudra Manthan or the churning of the ocean, the precious drops of elixir or Amrit which carried the boon of immortality were accidentally spilled at four sites i.e Ujjain, Nasik, Allahabad, and Haridwar. To commemorate this event, Kumbh Mela, and Maha Kumbh Mela, the mass Hindu pilgrimages of faith is celebrated once in three years and once in 12 years at one of the four places respectively. It is believed that Brahma Kund situated at Har Ki Pauri is the place where the drops of elixir fell.

Haridwar - The Business Hub and Industrial Town

Haridwar is an ancient city and a Municipality in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand. It is also the headquarters and the largest city of Haridwar district. Haridwar showcases a vivid topography, with the mighty Himalayas on one side and the plains on the other. 

This holy city is emerging as a developing industrial estate as the State Industrial Development of Uttarakhand (SIDCUL), Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) and other affiliated ancillaries are situated here.

Latest 2021 New & Updates From Haridwar

No entry in Haridwar without Covid Vaccine Certificate

With increasing covid cases and chances of new variant, the new Covid Guidelines for Uttarakhand has been issued.

1 Dec 2022

Haridwar Kumbh Mela Will be Celebrated between 1st to 30th April

17 February 2021

Corona Report is Compulsory For Holy Bath of Kumbh Mela in Haridwar

27 January 2021

Haridwar Photo Gallery

Evening aarti at Har ki Pauri Haridwar
Maa Ganga Arti at Har ki Pauri, Haridwar.
Ganga Aarti takes place on the ghat in the evening. A group of Brahmans hold huge fire bowls in their hands and offer their holy mantras to river Ganges
Night view of Har ki Pauri Haridwar, It is a famous ghat on the banks of the Ganges in Haridwar.
Night view of Har ki Pauri Haridwar.
Pandits performing Puja at Har Ki Pauri Ghat
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Haridwar Weather in July

The minimun and maximum temperature in July in Haridwar is 23°C and 31°C respectively. The weather is generally cloudy and rains in July and you would feel humid throughout the day. Summer Clothes clothes are recommended for Haridwar in July.

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